Poll: Do you work on your versatility?
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View poll results: Do you work on your versatility?
Yes
47 89%
No
6 11%
Voters: 53.
#1
So do you work at it?
Example:
Usually I play blues - metal. However, now I'm learning "Classical Gas", which is a fingerpicking song for classical guitar (though I'm playing it in my electric. Total pain in the ass. My right hand fingertips hurt ).

So do you? Or just stick to one style and technique?
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#2
I enjoy many different types of music (Blues, Jazz, Metal, Rock, Classical) I try to incorporate all of those into my playing (However I'm not that big of a metal fan anymore so it's not big) but yes, I'm pretty versatile. Although I don't really pay attention to learning a certain style, I just pick up my guitar and play away, write stuff, learn stuff... I don't really sit down to "Practice" anymore...
#3
I'm learning some fingerpicking songs at the moment. Flat Baroque by Steve Morse(I'm playing it at a recital for my lessons place in June) and then I also have Black Mountain Side on the side.
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#7
Yeah, I try to get a little bit of everything, gives me more options, and I like options.

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#8
yes i do. whenever i play classic rock i hold my pick a different way than when i play metal. it's not purpose either. I just feel more conferable holding my pick a different way according to what i play
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#9
Hey man you have to if you want to go anywhere in the musical world. The likely hood that you and your band will ever make it big is slim to none, but you can still make money with music if you can adapt yourself to anything. You just have to ask yourself: Would you be in a Stupid Modern Country band if it meant spending you life playing music instead of getting a real job. Im thinking most people would have to say yes.

Buy anyway be able to play anything and you can play with anyone.
#10
i don't really work on it, per se. i just listen to different types of music and just learn from it if i like it. i don't conciously go "okay today i'm only gonna play jazz". recently i've been getting into very middle eastern sounding stuff, so i'm noodling around with E phrygian and the harmonic minor scale a bit more than i used to.
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#11
Yes I somewhat stick to my bands riffing style and fingertap for soloing but I also experiment with some Tom Morello teqniques and I like learning blues.
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#12
Of course I do. I love versatility.

I usually try to work on my speed more than anything, but I definitely gotta slow down once in a while and work on my bends and stuff, and it makes me more interesting to listen to because I incorporate everything into what I play. It's great to be versatile.
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#13
I play everything from Ska to Iron Maiden to Pink Floyd. Also, I might be joining a metal band, so I'll be playing that, too....
#14
I don't really learn anymore. I mainly just write these days. I'm mainly influenced by 60s rock, modern indie and garage, and folk, with a little bit of blues and soul. Outside of those, I'm not really proficient at anything, but I don't really need much else for what I like.
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#15
im a bassist. my band likes punk like antiflag and rancid so i am working on picking. i like slapping and popping. and i like tapping.
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#16
im all about versatility. I go from death metal on my eletric to country on my banjo to blues on my acoustic. I just love music man, tho I prefer metal to everything else.
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#17
yeah... i prefer metal to most stuff, but it's nice to be able to just jam with people no matter what they like and to not be limiting everyone by what you know
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#18
I pride myself on it. I have yet to meet a genre or a song that I can't butcher to some extent.
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Except Disco. I'm not going there.
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#19
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Except Disco. I'm not going there.


Why not?
i don't get what all these guitarists seem to have against disco
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#20
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Why not?
i don't get what all these guitarists seem to have against disco


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#21
yeah. I love learning new styles. Guitar's all about learning new things and figuring out how to make your playing better. Learning new techniques and styles is really fun too.
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#22
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Why not?
i don't get what all these guitarists seem to have against disco

I hated disco the first time around I am not going to be blamed for its ressurection.
Polyester, Goldfish in your shoes, Chicks with hair piled up on top of their hair, Disco balls, Stayin' Alive need I go on. Sorry dude just wasn't my cup of tea.
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#23
Yeah, I play/listen to all kinds of stuff. Pretty much everything exepct for pop punk and nu metal.
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#24
Yes, but I have a hard time playing genres I just don't like. I'm not going to force myself into playing something I have no interest in playing, like country
#26
mainly play metal, but lately ive been opening myself up guitar wise. its funny you say that because ive been thinking of this lately.
#27
I began as a rock/metal guitarist but now I'm studying jazz. I still retain my previous styles though, because I like being versatile. I think that knowing these three styles cover almost all basis of contemporary pop music.

I also study classical on violin, so I'm in touch with another major genre.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#28
All the time. Earlier today, I finally got around to learning the solos to "One," then finally figured out "Jessica," before (re)learning (I forgot them ) "Classical Gas" and "Gimme Shelter." I'm working on "The Clap" and a version of "Ocean," but I think it'll be a whilebefore I can do either of those proficiently. I like to branch out.

And classical on the viola, if that counts.
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#29
I switch it up all the time

yesterday I was learning "Scarborough fair"

Today I was working on some delta Blues

and I'm planning on rocking out tonight lol
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